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The Ultimate Traverse City, MI Girls Weekend Getaway Itinerary

When life gets busy, there’s nothing like a girl's trip to help you reset. Gather your girlfriends and escape from reality with the perfect weekend away in Northern Michigan. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation or nonstop activities, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has the ultimate weekend itinerary to make your girls retreat one to remember.

Day One: Arrive in Traverse City, Michigan

You’ve made it to Northern Michigan and it’s time for a weekend of fun to begin! Whether you’re driving or flying into Traverse City, determine the best way to get here and start by checking into your hotel room. Take some time to plan the weekend ahead and leisurely explore the area before kicking off your first evening away.

Peruse the Gallery of Shops

Indulge in some retail therapy at the Gallery of Shops, located on the ground floor of the Resort. From jewelry and handbags to sportswear and home decor, our stores have so much for you and your girlfriends to enjoy. Treat yourself to something new, or find a gift to bring home to a loved one. Our Gallery of Shops are open to guests of the Resort, members, and the public.

Have Dinner at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

Toast to your girl’s retreat with a glass of champagne and dinner overlooking Traverse City from the 16th floor of our Tower. Aerie Restaurant & Lounge offers a modern, fine dining experience with panoramic views of the Traverse City skyline. Discover the unique craft cocktails and bold flavorful dishes listed on our menu that are sure to please everyone during your first night up north. For the ultimate experience and most breathtaking views, make a reservation at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge during sunset.

Day Two: Explore Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

The Resort is full of experiences and activities to keep you occupied during your full day in Northern Michigan. While you can head to downtown Traverse City for wine tasting along the peninsula or time at the lakeshore, there’s also plenty to do right on-site for those seeking adventure – and also those seeking peace and quiet.

Play a Morning Round of Golf

With three exceptional golf courses right on site, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is one of the Midwest’s best destinations for a round of golf. Discover the challenge of The Bear, versatility of The Wolverine, and reliability of Spruce Run before booking a tee time. Whichever course you choose is bound to make for a great morning on the green with your girls. *Golf courses are open seasonally from April - November.

Relax at Spa Grand Traverse

If a leisurely day is more your style, Spa Grand Traverse is the perfect way to unwind. Explore our wide range of services – from massage therapy and skincare to waxing and facial acupuncture – to discover the best treatment or package for you. Plus, our spa group offerings can help make your girl’s weekend even more memorable with a unique relaxation experience.

Gamble at the Local Casinos

Do some gambling to round out the final night of your girls weekend at one of Traverse City’s casinos. Turtle Creek Casino and Leelanau Sands Casino offer slot machines and table games, as well as exceptional dining and entertainment experiences. If you’re staying at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service to and from Turtle Creek Casino.

Day Three: Make the Most of Your Last Morning

Your girl’s weekend is coming to an end, so it’s time to pack up and head home. Before you say goodbye to Northern Michigan, now’s the time to make sure you hit everything on your bucket list. On day three, slip in a few extra morning activities to end your trip on a high note.

Enjoy Breakfast at Sweetwater American Bistro

Guaranteed to have something for everyone, Sweetwater American Bistro is the perfect spot for a classic breakfast. Our morning menu includes everything from build-your-own omelets to cinnamon french toast. Reminisce on your perfect girls weekend over Sweetwater’s delicious eggs and potatoes.

Stop in Downtown Traverse City

Downtown Traverse City is full of fun shopping, dining, or adventure experiences, and the views of Grand Traverse Bay are unbeatable. Spend your last morning in Northern Michigan checking out some of the must see spots, or drive a little farther out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or Old Mission State Park.

Book the Girlfriends Getaway Package

Ready to embark on the ultimate girl’s trip? Make this weekend itinerary a reality by booking your Northern Michigan stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Plus, this season only, get exclusive discounts and deals during your stay with the Girlfriends Getaway package. On select weekends through January 26-28, 2024, you can get the following:

  • A $250 credit per person to Spa Grand Traverse towards any service of your choice
  • 15% off coupon for Spa Grand Traverse services and retail items
  • Daily breakfast for two at Sweetwater American Bistro
  • Complimentary glass of champagne at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
  • 10% discount at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

For additional questions related to booking your girl’s trip, please contact us and our team will be happy to assist you in creating a weekend to remember.